Published 12:47 AM EDT, Tue April 20, 2021
Walter "Fritz" Mondale, who served as vice president under then-President Jimmy Carter, has died, according to family spokesperson Kathy Tunheim. He was 93.
In his early days, Mondale served as Minnesota's attorney general starting in 1960. He was later named to the US Senate, where he represented Minnesota from 1964 until 1976, when he signed on as Carter's running mate. He served as vice president under Carter between 1977 and 1981, until Ronald Reagan and his running mate, George H.W. Bush, defeated Carter and him in 1980.
Mondale would go on to win the Democratic presidential nomination himself in 1984, and make history by naming a woman, US Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York, as his running mate before ultimately falling short to Reagan. Later he served as both the US ambassador to Japan and the envoy to Indonesia under former President Bill Clinton.